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County advisory group for forestry to meet Oct. 21
 
Contact: Rod Nichols
503-945-7425
rnichols@odf.state.or.us
 
A group of commissioners representing Oregon counties that in the past deeded forestland to the state for management will meet on Friday, Oct. 21, in Salem. The Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee’s (FTLAC) agenda includes:
  • Presentation on landslides and public safety by John Seward, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) geotechnical specialist.
  • Preview of State Forests-related agenda items slated for the Nov. 3 Board of Forestry meeting that bear on the work of the FTLAC, including: 1) Ecosystems Services project on Gales Creek, 2) request for approval of the updated Elliott State Forest Management Plan, 3) Research and monitoring report, and 4) Board of Forestry work plan.
  • Presentation of revenue projections for the state forests.
 
The meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Santiam Room, ODF Operations Building (D), 2600 State St., in Salem. FTLAC meetings are open to the public, and an opportunity for public comment will be provided around 10 a.m.
 
The FTLAC is a legally mandated committee of county commissioners representing counties that deeded lands to the state. The committee advises the Board of Forestry on matters where counties may have a responsibility related to forestland managed by ODF. Planning and policy decisions made by the board and department can affect revenues received by the counties with forest trust lands managed by ODF, which are located in the Tillamook State Forest and elsewhere.
 
Counties depend on revenue generated from management activities on these lands. The revenue is used primarily for local schools and also helps fund county government and local taxing districts.
FTLAC is made up of seven members that represent the 15 counties that have state forest land within their county boundaries. The 15 trust counties include: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Douglas, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Washington.